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Quality of medical care provided to service members with combat-related limb amputations: Report of patient satisfaction

Pasquina, PF and Tsao, JW and Collins, DM and Chan, BL and Charrow, A and Karmarkar, AM and Cooper, RA (2008) Quality of medical care provided to service members with combat-related limb amputations: Report of patient satisfaction. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45 (7). 953 - 960. ISSN 0748-7711

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A group of 158 service members who sustained major limb amputations during the global war on terrorism were surveyed on their satisfaction with the quality of care received from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) Amputee Clinic from the time of their injury to their inpatient discharge. Of these participants, 96% were male, 77% were Caucasian, 89% were enlisted personnel, and 68% had sustained lower-limb amputations. WRAMC inpatient therapy, peer visitors, overall medical care, and pain management received particularly high satisfaction ratings. Age, race, rank, and level and side of amputation had little effect on overall satisfaction ratings. Significant differences, however, were found by location of injury (Iraq vs Afghanistan, Cuba, and Africa) regarding satisfaction with care received while in Europe and with the education process at WRAMC. Study findings strongly support the rehabilitation-based, integrative care approach designed by the U.S. military to care for service members with amputations.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pasquina, PF
Tsao, JW
Collins, DM
Chan, BL
Charrow, A
Karmarkar, AM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 45
Number: 7
Page Range: 953 - 960
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2007.10.0163
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Adult; Amputation, Traumatic--rehabilitation; Blast Injuries--rehabilitation; Cohort Studies; Female; Health Care Surveys; Hospitals, Military--standards; Humans; Male; Outpatient Clinics, Hospital--standards; Patient Satisfaction; Quality of Health Care; Retrospective Studies; Young Adult
PubMed ID: 19165685
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 16:08
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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